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The K-word pass its sell-by date!

July 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kwotas. wat dink jy. kom praat saam by:

http://www.rapport.co.za/Opinie/Blogs/Aussieboer-Die-K-woord-is-verby-sy-sellby-date-20140728

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Crusaders vs Warathas final?

July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Good luck Sharks!

July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Well done to the Sharks for beating the Stormers convincingly in the Mother City.

The Sharks will now host the Highlanders in the Tank while the Canberra ‘wild horses‘ will battle it out in the Australian capital city vs the defending champions, the Chiefs. The latter will be a repeat of last year’s final.

Home ground advantage is effective in a packed stadium and this will help the Sharks and Brumbies. The Highlanders without Ben Smith (currently best player on this planet) is not as ‘brave’. The Sharks forward pack will also try and gain the upper hand early and should win this.

The Chiefs will not just give up and this is going to be a humdinger. I my heart says go Brumibes; however, the brain says the Chiefs will be the ones dancing around the fire!

What do you think?

Vote on polls (see right) who should captain the Boks, be the number 10 & 15 at next year’s World Cup.

 

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Bull ox wagon too slow for Stormers Car(r)

July 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

Die Bull vreet van die vloer af!  The Stormers showed that they can beat most and that they would have been in contention for play-offs if it wasn’t for the ‘draw of death’ and all those injuries. They have beaten the Sharks and now the Bulls (16-0) and showed it is not all gloom and doom in the Mother City.

Nic Groom is becoming a  nippy scrumhalf and his cover defense was brilliant. Any youngster who wants to become a class act behind the ‘oven’ should go and study Groom’s running lines on Saturday. Kurt Coleman surprised, however, I still believe that Gert ‘Sheriff’ Small should invest in a top class ‘general’ if they are going to be real contenders next year.

The other three things that stood out was 1: that Oupa Victor Matfield has taken on the ‘bitching’ roll and lost his guard attacking Craig Joubert! He still has immense influence in the lineouts, however, that’s where it ends. Fingers crossed that Pieter Steph-du Toit will be fit next year and Andries Bekker back! The Stormers; tactics must be questioned in the line-outs? When you play, probably the best lock ever (not now) you have to mix up your lineouts. Shorter lineouts is much easier to win than full ones.

2: The easier way to the Bok squad is as most rugby followers realised all along is via the Bulls! How can Callie Visagie been selected ahead of the total footlballer called Deon Fourie. Yes, he might miss his target now and then; however, so did Visagie even with having Matfield in the same cameo jersey!

3: Nizaam Carr; admittedly not a fecther (no. 8 his preferred position) is all class. How did Oupa Mohoje and Siya Kolisi make the Bok squad ahead of him? Because Carr is not black enough?

Who should captain the Boks, be the no 10 & 15 in next year’s World Cup? Vote on polls on the right!

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Pick your Southern hemisphere starting XV

June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Wallabies, All Blacks and Springboks were as expected all unbeaten against the northern hemisphere (some weakened teams). All three teams have shown improvement in the build up to the Championship. All three had a bit of a scare in their second tests, but, that is sometimes to do with motivation a crucial ingredient in life and sport!

While some Springbok fans are already making space for the Will Webb Ellis, they sometimes lose sight of the opponents. Wales and Scotland don’t have the talent pool and depth of SA and NZ and for a team like Wales to tour with out their world class players like Sam Warburton and Leigh Halfpenny will make it very difficult to come and do what they have never done before…. to beat the Green and Gold in the Republic!

Yes, the Boks did a lot right and well done to Mr Meyer…their is still a few worries! The biggest improvements were; giving Lood de Jager, Cornal Hendricks and Handre Pollard exposure. Pollard and Patrick Lambie must now be the options for this years Championship. It is in these games that they must play the best and get that valuable experience for next year’s ultimate prize.

Let’s put this into perspective and pick the Best XV out of Aus, NZ and SA during the June tests. {retend you have to pick a team to play the northen hemisphere next Saturday.

The biggest challenge here would be picking the best no.15! Willie le Roux is the new HO de Villiers and Andre ‘Rolls Royce’ Joubert of Bokrugby! Is he better than Israel Folau or Ben Smith? Julian Savea was the only outstanding winger and that is why I will consider all three no.15′s as a winger for this team as well.

My team:

14: Isreal Folau   15: Ben Smith  11: Willie le Roux

13: Adam Ashley-Cooper  12: Ma’a Nonu

10: Aaron Cruden 9: Aaron Smith

7: Francois Louw  8: Duane Vermeulen 6: S Burger

5: Sam Whitelock  4: Brodie Retalick

3: Owen Franks  2: Bismarck du Plessis 1: Tony Woodcock

Pick your team!

Who should be the Sptingboks 10 and 15 at next year’s World Cup? Vote on polls on the right.

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Springbokke vs $pringBuck$!

June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Over the last few months there has been  numerous discussions if rugby should follow soccer and the criteria of  selection of players for their respective countries. New Zeeland has it spot on with NZRU contracting a big part of the All Black group and thus can limit them to game time in the Super15. They also don’t select players who chase money and do not play in NZ.

The arguement that if soccer can do it rugby could to, is absolute rubbish. Where a soccer game plan and structure is much easier to impliment and specific skills of soccer players can improve anywhere. Rugby is a different beast and a collision sport. It is much more difficult to implement a game plan if players can’t get together quicker and whenever the Bok coach needs them. Rugby is far to technical to line it up with the soccer scenario.

Should overseas based Saffas be selected for their country? If, yes, should there be a limit and/or criteria and what should it be?

With all the depth in SA, do we really need overseas based players?

Who will win between a Springbokke side (SA based players) vs the money seekers $pringBuck$?

Springbokke                           vs                      $pringBuck$

W le Roux                                15                     Z Kirchner

C Hendricks                            14                    JP Pietersen

D de Allende                           13                     J Fourie

J de Villiers                             12                     W Olivier

L Mvovo                                   11                     B Habana

H Pollard / P Lambie           10                     M Steyn

P v Zyl / C Reinach                 9                     F du Preez

D Vermeulen                          8                     R Kankowski

W Alberts                                7                      S Burger

N Carr                                     6                       F Louw

V Matfield/ P Steph-du Toit  5                      A Bekker

E Etsebeth                             4                      B Botha

J du Plessis                          3                       BJ Botha

B du Plessis                         2                       S Brits

T Mtwarira                              1                       G Steenkamp

PS: Francois Louw is really the only standout overseas replacement vs the home based.

 

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Time to experiment Mr Meyer!

June 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Time to experiment would not work for Mr Meyer; so let me rephrase it. Time to let others gain valuable experience with the World Cup the ultimate goal at the end of the experiment, I feel sorry for Mr Meyer as the franchise coaches just look at themselves and not Bok rugby. Duane Vermeulen, Jannie du Plessis and Willem Ablerts to mention a few, hardly missed any minutes during the grueling Super 15 thus far. Especially Snake White who lured Lourens Adriaanse (a Springbok) to Durbs, but never gave him a start to rest Dok J!

Anyhow this would be my Springbok team for this Saturday vs the ‘Skirts”!

14: Cornal Hendricks   15: Willie le Roux  11: Lwazi Mvovo

13:  S’bura Si­thole 12: Jan Serfontein

10: Johan Goosen 9: Francois Hougaard

7: Siya Kolisi  8: Schalk Burger  6: Marcell Coetzee

5: Victor Matfield  4: Lood de Jager

3:Trevor Nyakane  2: Adriaan Strauss 1: Coenie Oosthuizen

Subs: JP Pieterson / Handre Pollard / Fourie du Preez / Lourens Adriaanse / Bismarck du Plessis / Marcel vd Merwe / Teboho Mohoje / Stephan Lewies

This will be a prefect team to test the depth of the Boks as this is what will happen at the ‘holy grail’ where your B-team will play at least one game vs a minnow. This team has enough talent and experience on the field and on the bench if needed. I will only let Mohoje, Lewis and vd Merwe go on for an injury and thus not just hand out Bok blazers. Those players will not make the Bok squad when/if Bakkies Botha / Eben Etsebeth / Andries Bekker / Flip vd Merwe / Pieter Sreph-du Toit / Frans Malherbe / Jannie du Plessis / Guthro Steenkamp are all available.

Pick you team!

PS: I would have loved to see Handre Pollard, Damian de Allende and Juan de Jongh in this test.

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All Blacks miles ahead of lucky Boks!

June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Springboks were damn lucky yesterday and I believe that it is only on the score board where the Welsh lost! Two penalty tries, the second very controversial as it was a decision based on the letter of the law…. If it was a Welsh player going for the try, would Bok supporters have been happy with the penalty try decision? Correct decision, yes, however, very tough one to digest!

The Welsh has shown that the Boks struggled against a team playing at a high pace. Yes, there will be the debate that the Boks experience pulled them through; I disagree. It was the magic man Wille le Roux; he scored a five pointer at a crucial time and with his sublime passing skill, put Cornal Hendricks in for ‘both of his tries’! Le Roux was the difference and he is not the most experienced Bok!

How many times is Flip vd Merwe still going to get yellow cards? How many dumb decisions is he still going to make? Old players like Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha are not the answer for next year’s World Cup. You can manage them, but,  to ‘hide’ on the field they will be exposed and they will not be in a condition to play consecutive (normally 7-8 games if the Boks make the final) games. Think Heyneke think. Yes, let them guide the youngsters now, but, pick younger players who can keep up with the pace!

Talking about ‘the pace of the game’; the Boks made so many miss tackles as the Dragons played quickly. That led to miss communication amongst the Boks and exposed their too high and not locking arms tackling technique. Let’s be honest, if the Boks opponents was the World Champions, they would have reached a half ton over the Boks yesterday!

The pace, skill and innovative ideas on a weekly basis and the lightning speed the men in black play at, make them still light years ahead of the rest! While the Boks are dreaming of the perfect game, the All Blacks are playing perfect rugby!

The Wallabies made history and made ‘chicken ala king’ with these roosters! The first time that the Wallabies white washed the Les Blues 3-0!

To further my point on the All Blacks dominance let’s look at the real class depth they have in the back three with Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Corey Jane  and Julian Savea. With Dan Carter not in the frame, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett are brilliant and would walk in to most other test sides! Ben Smith must currenlty be the best rugby player and fullback in the world! Israel Feloa and Willie le Roux also up there, but Smith has no weaknesses!

PS: the Boks will not win the holy grail with all these old players in! They must get the mix correct and Eben Etsebeth, Pieter Steph-du Toit must be the locks and Handre Pollard’s inclusion in to the Boks squad is great. Start him on Saturday against the ‘skirts’!

PS2: Congrats to the All Blacks to equal the 17 consecutive test  victories ‘for the big dogs’! I guess we will all be cheering for the Wallabies to stop them in Sydney in August that they don’t break the record or do they deserve it?

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June tests are boring!

June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Is it just me, or are these Northern Hemisphere tours boring? I would have preferred a 3 or 4 test match tours (I know 4 would have been an issue with the IRB test window) where SA, Aus and NZ would play all three (four) teams from the Northern Hemisphere, just like what happens at the end of the year UK tours. The Boks vs Wales, then Scotland, Ireland, England or the French, on consecutive weekends would have made me test hunger again. Yes travelling might be and issue, but, surely this would have been more of an excitement!

Heyneke Meyer, made only two changes in the triumphant Boks side: The Beast is back in the place of Guthro Steenkamp and Flip vd Merwe in place of the injured Bakkies Botha. Is Bakkies now the Johan Goosen of the pack?

Typical that most SA supporters are in ‘bok-heaven’ with Lood de Jager’s cameo last Saturday. Yes he was good as he was very pumped becoming a Bok; but, how many others haven’t had a great start to Bok tests and then faded? Remember Gavin Magic Johnson!

Andries Bekker is still miles better than him. So get a grip and be realistic. With Etsebeth, Steph du Toit, Bekker not available and vd Merwe away last week not to mention Botha and Matfield very much in the picture, he was a bit lucky to be there in the first place. If the above are all fit next year, he won’t make the World Cup squad! Let him bash the Wallabies and All Blacks first before we sing hallelujah!

Goosen is replaced by Wynand Olivier as he can covers both inside and outside centre. Interesting to read that Goosen was covering both 10/12 and 13? Really? So Habana was’t a better option to cover 13 and then bring on Lwazi Mvovo? It begs the question if Juan de Jongh would have been on the bench then if he was fit? Guess not as he is not a Bull!

Boks by….who cares…boks will win won’t they?

PS: I did find the English vs All Blacks interesting as I believe England is a big dark horse for next year’s World Cup!

 

 

 

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Baas Willie!

June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

As expected the mighty Boks smashed the puffless Dragons. There were many ‘gold’ moments; however, let’s start with some ‘greener’ issues.

The Boks lost too may balls in contact, especially when they were in the opponents 22m area. The Bok scrums are still not top notch and I think that the ref got it wrong on a few occasions when he penalised Wales.

The biggest mistake on the day was from Heyneke Meyer! When you are leading 31-9 with 20 minutes to go; why, why, why not send on Johan Goosen, Lwazi Mvovo and both Schalks on? Meyer is building experience as this is what wins Wolrd Cups, so let substitutes gain this on the field during a test, not holding tackling shields during practise sessions. When subs only get 10 minutes or less, they will ‘try too hard’ to impress. Adriaan Strauss and Bismarck du Plessis were rotated where they  would get more than 30 minutes every time as a sub. Why not give Brits 30 minutes or start now, as I assume Brits will be relegated as soon as Strauss is eligible again? How will Brits get more experience in to the Boks pattern? Du Plessis can do with a rest!

The Boks should also utilise the ‘inside runner/ball’ (and not just running off the no.9) more as a weapon especially when they are in the strike zone after phases. Too many times the ball was just shifted outwards. JP Petersen is ‘lost’ at 13! A substitute should be found for Dok Jannie du Plessis as he needs a break, seriously. He is tired! Thanks Jake White! White bought Lourens Adriaanse, but, how many games has he started and Jannie rested?

Golden moments: the Boks lineouts and captain Victor Matfield was his old self. Jan Serfontein was good; however should look for passing opportunities and using his feet before contact instead of just crashing it up. Morne Steyn was class. His kicking for points and tactical was ala Naas! Steyn made more tackles than Nancy in all his Bok outings put together!

Lood de Jager and Cornal Hendricks could have enjoyed their initiation afterwards with their heads held high.

The pressure of Schalk Burger back in the squad brought the hunger in Willem Alberts back, while Francois Louw showed that ‘Brussow who?‘ is a legitimate question. Duane Vermeulen is there to stay. Show pony Pierre Spies can jump on the ‘sushi train’ or should go back to sevens! Bryan Habana finished well, but, the star was Baas Willie le Roux. He has the HO de Villiers & Andre Joubert magic and with him working on his ‘high ball’ skills, he is getting to the solidness of Johan Heunis.  The perfect footballer just like Ben Smith and Israel Dagg. If he can improve his tackling he could end up his career in the same league as the brilliant ‘world’s best ever’, Christian Cullen!

Well done Mr Meyer and the Boks with a great victory!

PS: Romain Poite should have yellow carded Bissie today, but, realised he would never leave SA alive then!

Great weekend for SA rugby with Baby Boks beating the Sheepshaggers for the second time in NZ. What has rugby  become when a player tackles the opponent and turns him to try and gain the advantage for his team, but, cops a yellow card for it? Absolute rubbish decision by Kiwi TMO! Almost cost us the game. Handre Pollard really impressed again and if Johan Goosen is out with injury, get Pollard in to the squad right now. To think of it get him in anyhow and play him against Scotland!

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